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Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension

“(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare yet, according to an announcement on Monday, gaining with the deal datasets that could help it tune potentially lucrative artificial intelligence tools” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Google has spent several years developing artificial intelligence to automatically analyze MRI scans and other patient data to identify diseases and make predictions aimed at improving outcomes and reducing cost.Google Cloud Chief Executive Officer Thomas Kurian has made it a priority in his first year on the job to…

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Apple just removed an iPhone app that made it easy for people to stalk the activity of their friends and partners on Instagram

“Apple removed the Like Patrol app from the App Store on Saturday, CNET’s Alfred Ng first reported” writes Mary Meisenzahl for businessinsider.com. Instagram recently announced it was rolling out an update that gives users control over the Instagram data they share with third parties.Like Patrol is a third-party app that allows subscribers to see the Instagram posts that certain users interact with.On the app’s public website, it downplays the potential for the app to be used to stalk Instagram users, saying “Check out current liked posts. Source: businessinsider.com

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Legal sports betting could be a game-changer for NFL, Nascar, and others in US media-rights negotiations

“Rights owners are betting that sports gambling will keep viewers glued to their TV screens longer, boosting the value of their media rights” writes Ashley Rodriguez for businessinsider.com. Leagues also have valuable betting-related data that could give them an edge in negotiating with media companies. Source: businessinsider.com

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A professional hacker reveals why so many companies are falling victim to data breaches, and the one thing every company should do to avoid getting hacked

“The circumstances behind a data breach will always vary depending on the situation” writes Lisa Eadicicco for businessinsider.com. Boosting the security of the servers that store such information could dramatically cut down on the number of data breaches, according to Rogers.At the same time, lawmakers are pressing for action to be taken in order to prevent a data breach like the one that impacted Capital One from happening again.That data breach can also be traced back to the way the compromised information was stored and managed, as the report said…

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The billionaire behind California’s sweeping new data privacy law reveals his plans to further regulate the ad industry and fight big tech lobbyists

“That revelation led the private real estate developer to spend more than $3 million of his own money to pass the country’s toughest data privacy regulation” writes Patrick Coffee for businessinsider.com. It also would set up a new agency called the California Privacy Protection Agency that would operate alongside the Attorney General’s office.He acknowledged CCPA and CPREA could hurt sellers of third-party data and their media agency customers, though.In a survey conducted by IPG ad agency Huge, considerable majorities of people said Facebook should not be able to target ads…

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Google and a massive hospital system are reportedly collecting private health data on millions of Americans in secret

“Google has teamed up with the massive Ascension hospital system to collect detailed personal health information from millions of Americans without their knowledge, The Wall Street Journal reported” writes Clarrie Feinstein for businessinsider.com. Google is using the patient data to tune artificial intelligence software that may help improve patient care, according to the report.According to The Wall Street Journal, neither patients nor doctors were notified, and at least 150 Google employees have access to the data.The data includes lab results, diagnoses, and hospital records, and provides detailed information on peoples’…

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Enterprise information management company OpenText is acquiring cloud data backup and protection service Carbonite in a deal worth $1.42B

“Enterprise information management (EIM) company OpenText is acquiring cloud data backup and protection service Carbonite in a deal worth $1.42 billion” writes Paul Sawers for venturebeat.com. This deal may have enhanced Carbonite’s prospects for future suitors, given that it promised to bring data protection and cybersecurity into a single platform.Carbonite, which offers a number of data backup and protection services for consumers and businesses, had become the subject of significant takeover rumors over the past few months after its revenue dropped.Founded in 1991, OpenText is among Canada’s biggest software companies,…

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Volvo Adopts Oracle’s Blockchain for Its Supply Chain — Here’s Why

“Volvo will be applying blockchain technology to provide global traceability in all raw products used throughout its supply chain” writes Rachel Wolfson for cointelegraph.com. Both Oracle and Circulor will operate the blockchain technology across CATL’s supply chain, while the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network, together with responsible sourcing specialists RCS Global and IBM, will roll out the technology in LG Chem’s supply chain.Volvo Cars announced last week that it is using Oracle’s blockchain platform to trace cobalt, one of the main components in electric car batteries.This end-to-end solution would ensure transparent…

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Here’s what the 2018 FBI crime data shows for Saginaw and Bay City

“The data for 2018 shows the number of serious offenses committed in both Saginaw and Bay City was about the same as in 2017” writes Cole Waterman for mlive.com. See the table below for an overview of crime rates in both Bay City and Saginaw from the past five years:. But the number of violent crimes in 2018 was higher than in 2016 and 2015 in each city.Similarly, crime trends in Bay City show that violent crime overall dipped from 242 to 231, but was still up from 205 and…

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Cable holds firmer on the day; UK Q3 GDP data in focus

“Therefore, Q3 GDP data later may present some good news for the pound but it wouldn’t be the springboard for a move back towards 1.3000 unless election uncertainty dissipates over the next few weeks” reports forexlive.com. Sellers are still in near-term control for now despite the pound retracing some of last week’s losses to start the new week.The dovish tilt from the BOE last week allowed sellers to drive cable below 1.2800 towards the end of the week but we are seeing price creep back up just above the figure…

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